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Little Sparrow CD

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It's difficult to find a country performer who has moved from country roots to international fame more successfully than Dolly Parton. Her autobiographical single "Coat of Many Colors" shows the poverty of growing up one of 12 children on a run-down farm in Locust Ridge, TN. At 12 years old she was appearing on Knoxville television; at 13 she was ... Read more in Amazon's Dolly Parton Store

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  • Audio CD (17 Mar. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B000056O6P
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,331 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Little Sparrow
2. Shine
3. I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby
4. My Blue Tears
5. Seven Bridges Road
6. Bluer Pastures
7. A Tender Lie
8. I Get A Kick Out Of You
9. Mountain Angel
10. Marry Me
11. Down From Dover
12. The Beautiful Lie
13. In The Sweet By And By
14. Little Sparrow Reprise

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Dolly Parton - Little Sparrow

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Inspiration takes wing on Little Sparrow. With its soaring harmonies and sprightly acoustic arrangements, Dolly Parton's second bluegrass-oriented album (following The Grass is Blue) recalls the unaffected purity of her Coat of Many Colors and Jolene days in the 1970s. Rarely does a veteran artist sound so renewed, as Parton applies her bittersweet trill to a selection that extends from a majestic reading of Collective Soul's "Shine" through a banjo-driven breakdown on Steve Young's "Seven Bridges Road" and a breezy romp through Cole Porter's "I Get a Kick Out of You". Original material such as "My Blue Tears" and "Mountain Angel" brings out the best in Parton, (though the overly precious title cut and the girlish "Marry Me" don't fare as well). With the support of vocal acolytes including Alison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent, Claire Lynch and Maura O'Connell, Parton sounds like she's leading a chorus of angels. --Don McLeese

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 8 Mar. 2003
Format: Audio CD
On this album, the follow-up to The grass is blue, Dolly explores her musical roots further. While still essentially a bluegrass album, there are other influences here. Mountain music with a modern edge would be a more accurate description.
Dolly wrote some new songs for the album - Little sparrow, Bluer pastures, Mountain Angel and Marry me - and recorded covers of Seven Bridges Road (Eagles), Shine (Collective soul), I get a kick out of you (the often-covered Cole Porter classic), I don't believe you've met my baby (a Louvin Brothers song that Dolly previously recorded as a duet with Porter Wagoner, and which has been covered by many country singers, including Alison Krauss), A tender lie (Restless heart), In the sweet by and by and two songs she wrote and first recorded in the early seventies (Down from Dover and My blue tears).
As you will see from the originals Dolly covered, the songs are from widely different sources but all have been adapted to fit the style of the album. There is an old saying that a good song can be adapted to fit any style, and Dolly proves it, especially with her version of I get a kick out of you, which sounds very different from any previous recording of this song.
This is a wonderful album, in keeping with the standard Dolly has set since her return to a more traditional sound, beginning with Hungry again, continuing with Grass is blue, this album and Halos and horns. In terms of quality, there really isn't much to choose between all four and I can well understand those who think this is the best of the lot.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Simon A. Whittam on 20 Feb. 2001
Format: Audio CD
We always expect a recording of quality from Dolly, and once again we are rewarded. This time though she has stripped away the studio tricks and techniques, and focused instead on the purity of her voice and the quality of musicians performing with her.
Dolly's is not a perfect voice, but you believe every word she sings, her phrasing and the emotion present in all the performances send shivers down the spine.
The title track Little Sparrow, brings a tear to the eye of the hardest listener, I Get A Kick Out Of You, is given a splendid re-working and, my favourite, A Tender Lie, is the sort of song you can listen to over and over again and hear something new and more beautiful each time.
Dolly has made no secret of the fact that as an established Country artiste she finds it hard to get airplay in the US. She has addressed this bravely, concentrating on songs she wants to record and recording them how she wishes.
Mountain Angel is a 6+ minute long recording, it will probably never be played on the radio, but I have had it on replay for the last week. Dolly proves the pedigree of her writing re-recording two of her standards here, Down From Dover and The Seeker. It is a demonstration of her ability as singer and songwriter that both recordings sound as vibrant and as fresh as when she first recorded them back in the sixties.
This is certainly my album of the year, I am going to buy a second copy as I want to keep a copy in the car at all times. However the most telling for me has been watching how Madonna mad friends of mine keep switching off the Immaculate one and asking if we can just listen to Dolly again.......
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JC Roper on 2 Nov. 2001
Format: Audio CD
I'm a longtime fan of the wonderful Dolly so I accept the fact that I'm biased!!
This album see's Dolly continuing her journey back to her bluegrass and mountain roots that she started with her "Hungry Again" and "The Grass Is Blue" cd's and the music has developed with each recording, Dolly's voice is crystal clear and full of emotion here and sounds as good as ever.
I hope that Shania, Faith and LeAnn take note.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By joelw@sor.org on 23 Feb. 2001
Format: Audio CD
The under-appreciated Dolly Parton returns with her second bluegrass album in just over a year. Due to the fact that she has realised that commerial stations will not play her music anymore, she has decided to record the type of music she wants to perform, a loss to the radio stations but a real treat to her dedicated fans. As always, the songs on this album are meaningful and all tell a story in the way that only Dolly can tell them and break your heart as well. She has reworked her early hit Down From Dover and performs a haunting song in Mountain Angel. But for me the real gem of the album is her rendition of Cole Porter's I Get A Kick Out Of You, which after a fabulous banjo intro hears Dolly perform it with gusto. Other outstanding songs include 'I Don't Belieive You've Met my Baby', In the Sweet By & By' and 'Bluer Pastures'. Bluegrass was a sound I was unfamiliar with but if it sounds the way Dolly makes it sound then I am it's new fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CocoL on 3 Aug. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Have seen Dolly live a few times now and she always sings Little Sparrow - so I have wanted this album for a long time.

It did not disappoint!

This is much more blues type album - but the vocals are amazing
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By HELEN E BELCHER on 17 Jan. 2015
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I love all Dolly's bluegrass albums but to me this is the best.Every track is superb but stand outs are 'I get a kick out of you' and ' which starts with a fabulous banjo solo and 'I don't believe you've met my baby' .The bluegrass musicians playing with Dolly are out of this world and Dolly sings like an angel.
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